With the Super Bowl and all of its festivities just days away, the lead singer of Maroon 5, Adam Levine, sat down with ET to address the controversy surrounding the band’s half time performance.

During the conversation, the Los Angeles native opened up about his thoughts on landing the “biggest gig in the game” and what fans can expect from their highly-anticipated exhibition. “The spectacle is the music,” Levine said of halftime. “We just kind of wanted to bring it back to a time when it was a little more simple.… When the highlight, the focus was the connection to the songs.”

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More importantly to some, is the debate about those who are calling for the NFL to address the country’s many social justice issues during the Big Game. The “Girls Like You” singer countered a question on the subject, “When you look back on every single Super Bowl halftime show, people just can’t — it’s this, like, insatiable urge to hate a little bit… I’m not in the right profession if I can’t handle a little bit of controversy.” It sounds like this year’s performance will be just about the music and nothing else.

Watch the exclusive interview that was done in lieu of the typical pre-Super Bowl press conference below.

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